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Majority leader: Senate info on hiring and salaries to be disclosed in full before Election Day

By John McPhaul


Senate Majority Leader Carmelo Ríos Santiago confirmed Thursday that the upper chamber will complete its disclosure of data on hiring and salaries before Tuesday’s elections.

“What is lacking in information [to disseminate] is Eduardo Bhatia’s [previous] four-year term, not this four-year term,” Ríos Santiago said in an interview on “Pegaos en la Mañana” on Radio Isla 1320 AM.

Bhatia was president of the Senate from January 2013 until January 2017, when it was under Popular Democratic Party (PDP) control. The New Progressive Party (NPP) took control of the upper chamber on Jan. 1, 2017.

“Everything from this four-year term has been published,” added Ríos Santiago.

The senator for District II (Bayamón, Guaynabo, Cataño, Toa Baja, Toa Alta) asserted that those who have refused to release information about wages and contracts were employees who said they were not public figures. He clarified that among those employees there are people from both the PDP and the NPP.

Ríos Santiago’s statement comes after Superior Court Judge Anthony Cuevas gave the Senate five days to make the information public.